Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Christmas Song - Unforgotten

Usually when you hear a Christmas song, you can expect it to have a certain Christmas "sound": there will be perhaps some bells, and some indefinable "Christmasness" about it. Generally speaking, Christmas songs are happy or reverent things. I wanted to break the musical mold a little bit; but also had in mind some recognition that for some people Christmas can lead to depression. This year I had a mind to write a melancholy song dedicated to the people who are no longer with us... sort of our 'Auld Lang Syne'. While making it a distinctly Christmas song, I wanted it to be as accessible as possible.

When I called William about the idea, I learned that he had already started lyrics along those lines, lacking only a few touches. As a result the song came together very quickly. It's occasions like this when I begin to think the telephone is obsolete, at least where we're concerned. Now how cool is that? Before you answer, keep in mind that we haven't even lived in the same town since 1982.

'Unforgotten' isn't intended to be depressing. Listen to it and think fondly back on the people you've known and loved, and enjoy the memories.



Unforgotten
lyrics by William Hoover, 30 November, 2010
Merry Christmas Mom, Bill Hoover, Harold Mayo, Terrel Cribbe, Keith Miller...

Merriment and Mistletoe
Some of us got called home
And I'm right there with you
-- I'll never forget you

The chime of tiny silver bells
The sights, the sounds, the smells
Cinnamon scent and candle glow
-- I'll never forget you

Unforgotten friends shall live forever
In our memories
Holidays, every day and always
In our memories

Angels adorn the trees
Covered with lights and seasonal delights
Homemade cakes and handmade gifts
-- I'll never forget you

Family gathered 'round the tree
To celebrate the season in Love's glow
Where did all the seasons go?
-- I'll never forget you

Unforgotten friends shall live forever
In our memories
Holidays, every day and always
In our memories

[instrumental. Musical quotes from "Jingle Bells", "Carol of the Bells", "We Three Kings"]

And it's sometimes hard to take what has happened
It must be the gift of caring that preserves the memories

Unforgotten friends shall live forever
Unforgotten friends -- 
Unforgotten friends shall live forever
In our memories
(I remember you)

[instrumental outro. Musical quotes from "Carol of the Bells", "We Three Kings"]


SpinTunes Winner - Mitchell Adam Johnson

I've been a little remiss in not posting the winner of SpinTunes #2, that being Mitchell Adam Johnson, for his song, "In Another Castle" (starring Princess Peach of Super Mario Brothers). Fleshing out Mitchell's sparse SpinTunes bio, we find that he shares a spot in the retro-pop band "Spencer McGillicutty" with fellow contestants Ryan Ruff Smith and Brittany Miller ("Gweebol"). What a talented group! Click through the band name to visit their official website (it will play music when you go there, so be prepared)

Here are all of the songs (and shadow entries) for round 4. (the album art is by Yours Truly.)
If you'd like to see how my rankings differ from the final tally, read or watch my review. (I won't make any secret that my personal favorite here is Zarni DeWet's highly emotive piece, "The Bleeding Effect".)

Congratulations to Mitchell and each and every one of the competitors! Here's looking forward to SpinTunes #3!.